There are countless ways to celebrate turning 40, but Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen wanted to celebrate in a “meaningful way”.
She took to Instagram to share photos of her family planting trees and share her birthday wish. This year instead of gifts she wants everyone to plant a tree or five. She plans on donating to plant 40,000 trees as she turns 40.
“As some of you know, my birthday is coming up on July 20th. And it’s not just any birthday! I can’t believe I am turning 40! I feel like a whole new chapter of my life is starting, and I wanted to celebrate it in a meaningful way, so I decided to plant 40,000 trees,” she wrote.
For years, she has been planting trees with many different projects to help save the planet and said, “I feel that this is the best way I know to give back to Mother Earth.”
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Her original plan was to head to the Amazon rainforest with her family for her birthday and give back by planting trees, but since that is not possible she can up with another way to plant the trees. “I’ve already talked to my family and my friends—and they will all turn their gifts into trees. That way, we can all help give something back to our planet. In case you also feel inspired to give back to the Earth, you can join me and plant a tree in the Amazon rainforest.”
She is donating to plant 40,000 trees in the Amazon rainforest through Vivaavida. Her husband, Tom Brady, is donating 40,000 as well and posted, “Always thinking of others and the planet!! I’m in for 40,000 trees!!! Te amo @gisele ❤️!!”
20% of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed by deforestation, but people are coming together to help regrow trees for people, animals, and the planet. We all need trees to survive and doing something as small as planting a tree or even donating to plant a tree makes a big difference.
Together we change the world.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.